Oil shale

The extraction of petroleum from vast oil-shale reserves in the western United States has been touted as one of the solutions to this nation's energy problems, most specifically the U.S. dependence...

DATE: March 10, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Obama tax plan risks crushing 'animal spirits' of investors

"Animal spirits," said John Maynard Keynes, are the essential spring of capitalism. We depend on the animal spirits of investors, high earners and entrepreneurs for a growing economy.Keynes, a...

DATE: March 9, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Drilling rules

For two years, the Colorado Oil & Gas Conservation Commission has been developing a series of new rules that will govern how gas and oil is gathered in the state. The process has been thorough,...

DATE: March 9, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Buying a judge in America: How much money is improper?

In his novel The Appeal, John Grisham told the story of a Mississippi Supreme Court Justice who voted to reverse a huge jury verdict against an equally huge and well-heeled chemical company that...

DATE: March 8, 2009 | COLUMN: On the Law

City Council

The City Council does not look like a pleasant place to be right now, and it is unlikely to get better soon. With three seats up for grabs, some of the personal friction evident of late could calm...

DATE: March 8, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Criticism needed for gas, oil rules

Two years ago, the Colorado Legislature passed three bills that centered around the gas and oil industry and the impact energy production has on surface owners, the state's wildlife and the...

DATE: March 8, 2009 | COLUMN: Life in the Legislature

'No' to House Bill 1238

In 2002, the Colorado General Assembly enacted important reforms to prevent abuses in government seizures of private property. The measure had bipartisan sponsorship and was overwhelmingly approved...

DATE: March 5, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns


Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius is the president's second choice (after the humiliated Tom Daschle) to head the Department of Health and Human Services, and she is a curious choice indeed.Three...

DATE: March 3, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Budgeting bill moves to conference

Let me start with an update on the Fiscal Year 2009 budget-balancing bills, one of which relates to important tourism funding.Last week, I mentioned a couple of the budget-balancing bills we heard...

DATE: March 1, 2009 | COLUMN: Capitol Report

Obama and Iraq

President Barack Obama laid out his plan for Iraq on Friday, and it is both hopeful and prudent. That befits the changed reality he found waiting for him in the White House. While Iraq certainly...

DATE: March 1, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Salazar makes right call on oil shale

When he was a senator, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar expressed his concern about a rush to explore oil shale development on Colorado's Western Slope. That concern translated to action this week...

DATE: March 1, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

The fight for the dream

My great-grandfather Nicholas was named for his birthplace - the ship that brought his parents to the new world. His mother boarded a wooden sailing ship knowing she might die in labor, far from...

DATE: March 1, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

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